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Short for interconnection agreement, a contract between a requesting carrier or CLEC and an ILEC for UNEs, collocation, resale, access to poles, conduits and right of way, physical interconnection and compensation for the exchange of traffic between the two networks.

Section 252 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 sets out the methods to secure an IA and a few of the substantive requirements. Section 251 provides additional substantive guidance. In addition, Part 51 of the FCC's rules further flesh out the statutory requirements for substance and process.

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